SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) – Laura Lavine lost the Syracuse mayoral election on Tuesday night.
A Republican Party nominee, Lavine was hoping to become the first Syracuse Republican mayor since 2001. Instead, Ben Walsh will be the first independent mayor in Syracuse in more than 100 years. Lavine, the former Lafayette superintendent, hopes to stay involved with the city anyway she can.
“I’m officially retired,” Lavine said. “But, I’m not ready to be retired so I will do something. I would certainly like to do something for the good of Syracuse.”
Lavine received under 3 percent of the vote in Syracuse; 35 percent of registered voters in the city cast their ballot. Even though the Republican accepted her defeat, she challenged Walsh to have a thorough educational plan.
“So when my opponents say, ‘I’m going to work, I’m going to care, I’m going to support’ – I’ve said to them, ‘so if you’re mayor and I walk into your office’ and you say ‘I’m working on the school district right now, ‘what will I see or hear you doing?'” Lavine said. “I’m not satisfied that they have a plan.”
Although Lavine lost, her conservative motives are still pushing younger republicans to stay involved with the Republican Party. Emily Green, a member of the College Republicans at Syracuse University said Lavine inspired her to stay true to herself.
“It’s hard to feel like you’re in the right when so many people are constantly telling you that you shouldn’t feel a certain way,” Green said.